The popularity of food channels and cooking shows has created a growing interest in recreational cooking. Chefs across Los Angeles have responded by creating cooking classes for every interest. Whether you're a beginner or have years of experience in the kitchen, you'll find a class to suit your taste and skills. Check Groupon and LivingSocial for discounts on cooking classes.
Taking a cooking class at EATZ is like a hands-on family dinner with everyone helping out in a big home kitchen. These popular classes fill up, so book ahead. Also available for private cooking parties.
Spork Foods is genuinely an LA experience, offering vegan and gluten-free cooking classes most weekends in a home environment in the Silverlake area.
Cook LA is a hands-on cooking school with classes for adults and children in Studio City near Universal Studios. They focus on teaching how to cook simple and healthy gourmet meals using seasonal, fresh ingredients. Classes range from preparing world-wide cuisines to teaching you how to cook healing foods.
Wildwood Ovens in Eagle Rock offers all kinds of classes on cooking over wood flames from a wood-fired oven to BBQ classes, with a little butchery thrown in.
South Bay School of Cooking offers recreational cooking classes a few blocks from the sand in Manhattan Beach. They also offer corporate team building events and kids' summer cooking camps.
Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom is a professional culinary school that also offers recreational classes for individuals and date-night couples classes. Classes are usually split up so different teams work on different dishes, rather than everyone getting a chance to make every dish. Skills classes are also offered.
For the pastry chef in us all, Gourmandise Desserts offers baking and cooking demonstrations and workshops in Venice and Culver City.
Sur la Table
Sur la Table offers a wide variety of cooking and baking classes at their store conveniently located at the Los Angeles Farmer's Market. They're not known for their customer service and do scheduling through a central office, so be sure you can make the class before signing up for it, so you don't have to make changes. Note whether the class you are interested in is hands-on or a demonstration.
Yoko Isassi of Food Story offers a variety of Japanese cooking classes in Downtown LA from making your own tofu to sushi, noodles, and street food. She also offers local fish market tours, Japanese tea ceremonies, and monthly special subject classes.
Hipcooks has recreational cooking classes in four locations: West LA on Robertson Boulevard, just north of the 10 freeway; near Downtown LA at The Brewery Artist Lofts; in Woodland Hills, and in Orange County on 2nd St Promenade in Santa Ana, in the Grand Central Arts building. Some of their classes are more demonstration than hands on. Unlike classes where each team makes their version of everything, different volunteers get to pitch in on different parts of the meal. Most classes are full multi-course meals.
Nina Zippay's goal at Radical Cooks is to make cooking with natural, healthy ingredients fun and delicious for everyone. Classes for adults and kids in the Mt. Washington area.
Urban Kitchen is an exclusively recreational cooking school in South Pasadena with classes for adults with themes like fresh pasta or steak, or seafood, and a cooking camp for kids.
In addition to professional-level cooking series, Chef Tech in Bixby Knolls in Long Beach offers recreational cooking classes for adults and kids in addition to private party cooking classes.
Prep Kitchen Essentials offers an extensive variety of one-off and multi-session cooking classes for whole meals or particular skills. There are classes for adults, kids, and parents and kids together.